My house is a bit of a dichotomy. The front of it boasts a neat English garden complete with white picket fence and the historical charm only a home built in the 1800’s can have. The appearance would suggest it’s owned by a tight lipped, conservative teetottler.
The back of my house is stucco, surrounded by modern plantings and a very contemporary fence. The appearance would suggest it’s owned by someone who throws her head back in laughter in between mixing up martinis and entertaining witty, spectacular looking cocktail party guests.
Business in the front, party in the back.
I own a mullet house.
Because of this I can have different Christmas decorations on the two parts of the house. Classic on the front, and a little more modern in the back. So while hanging this square Christmas wreath might not look great on my front door, it’s the perfect thing for my back gate.
This is a great way to use up some of that leftover garland you have shoved in Tupperware bins or garbage bags in your basement. In addition to the garland you need a few do-dads and might have to make a trip to your local hardware store.
The Square Christmas wreath is assembled out of:
5 – 6 feet of thick garland or 12 feet of cheap, sparse garland (double up the cheap stuff)
66 inches of 1/2 ” plastic plumbing pipe
4, 1/2″ 90° plastic elbows
Twist ties or thin wire
An assortment of Decorative Doo dads (pinecones, birch twigs, glittery leaves, etc.
Cut your plastic pipe to 4 lengths of 16.5 “
Insert the pipe into your 4 elbows
Once all the pieces are inserted into all the elbows, you’ll have a square frame for your wreath.
Lay your garland around your frame. Technically your garland should not have the lights on it at this point. This garland is my nieces and I stole it from her. She already had mini lights on it. She angered me with her mini light application because she ran the lights around and around the garland, resulting in a big knotted mess of lights that was almost impossible to remove. I eventually did remove it. Yay for me.
Attach the garland to the plastic frame with wire. Do this all around the wreath until all of the garland is secured.
Now all you have to do is add your lights and do-dads.
It’s easier if you hang the wreath up to do this. That way you can see exactly how it’s going to look.
On a side note, if you happen to have one of these crappy, Dollar Store, velvet covered wreath hangers … if you remove the ugly fluorescent red velvet covering on it you’ll discover …
A slightly more pleasing, plain white metal hanger!
I hate to overuse this phrase, but .. Yay for me.
Hang your wreath and take a look.
This garland came with a few pinecones attached, so it looks pretty good as is, but it can definitely look better.
NOW you can put your mini lights on. Instead of running them around and around the wreath, lay the lights on top in a zig zag fashion.
This way if your lights need to be replaced you can easily remove them. And it won’t make you swear inside your head. At your niece.
Once the lights are on you can add in your pomegranates, birch twigs, leaves and pinecones. I chose to restrain myself and just add some large pinecones and sparkly gold leaves. To attach the pinecones, just hook some wire around the pinecone and then tie it to the wreath.
And instead of using the big sprig of gold Dollarama leaves, I ripped each one out and stick them on the wreath individually.
Just start sticking things in wherever you think they’ll look good.
If you were wrong, and they don’t look good at all … reposition them.
With a little luck, it’ll look good. All for the price of some plastic plumbing pipe and a few plastic elbows.
Unless you’re me, in which case you had these things laying around your basement.
The plastic pipe will run you about $5 and the elbows around 50 ¢ each.
And from other angles …
Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaaaaaa. Now, who’d like a martini?